StuGov approves funding for Women’s Rugby


Katherine Kealey

Most Iowa State student organizations are eligible to receive funding from the Senate.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to remove a sentence identifying Asray Gopa as an international student, which he is not. The Daily regrets this error.

The Senate voted 26-0 in support of providing funds for the Women’s Rugby trip to St. Louis to compete in the Elite 8 in division one for the first time in Iowa State history.

“We finally were able to break into the Elite 8 of that tournament, which is record-breaking for our club,” Madison Dunn, president of the Women’s Rugby Club, said Wednesday. “This is the first time in club history. This is why it’s so important to us that we do get this funding in order to prepare for our trip.”

They were allotted $430.37 for their competition.

The Senate also voted unanimously to introduce uniform guidelines for scheduling Student Government cabinet meetings. According to Senate documents, this legislation is designed to increase attendance in cabinet meetings after a decrease in attendance due to shifting meeting times. The legislation was introduced by Madeline Becker, a Liberal Arts and Science Senator and a sophomore majoring in economics.

The Senate also discussed allocating funds for the Memorial Union Audio-Visual Technicians to purchase new cameras and equipment for student government use.

The bill introduced by Off-Campus Senator Ethan Matthews, a freshman majoring in performing arts, requested $13,773.76 for this equipment, which would allow Student Government to provide high-quality live streams.

When not in use, the equipment could be rented by other student organizations. It was also reported by Sen. Matthews that audio-visual experts were consulted when picking equipment to request for these purposes.


Asray Gopa, a freshman majoring in computer science, was confirmed as a Liberal Arts & Sciences senator.

Gopa was also confirmed as a member of the Public Relations committee where he said he hopes to help students make connections with the resources on Iowa State’s campus.

“I believe Iowa State has excellent resources, but not many students know about them and don’t even use them,” Gopa said. “For example, the Multicultural Center–most people don’t even know where it is–is an excellent resource for students who are POC, and it could be used in a better way.”

Addyson Kiene, a sophomore majoring in public relations, was also confirmed on the public relations committee. Kiene is a transfer student who says she hopes to make students aware of resources on campus and the mental health and artistic communities available on campus.

Aidan Perry, a freshman majoring in political science, was confirmed as a member of the public relations committee and said he hopes to build community amongst international students.

Next Week

The last meeting of the semester will be Wednesday, Nov. 30. In this meeting, the Senate will discuss the 2023 Election Code as well as the Adopting Priorities and Criteria for the Fiscal Year of 2024.